Alleghany offers any family or great outdoorsman an assortment of things to do. We have access to multiple National Parks, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Town and County parks where one could take advantage of walking, hiking, biking trails, picnics, and the opportunity to get glimpses of our wildlife. Also, The New River, believed to be the second oldest river in the world, provides white water rafting, fly fishing, primitive camping, guided tours, and more. All with a refreshing view of nature at its best. Not to mention town parades, outdoor music events, festivals, Fairground events, Farmer’s Market, Polar Plunge, Car shows and lots more.
Blue Ridge Parkway
On the Blue Ridge Parkway, the journey is the destination. Called “America’s Favorite Drive,” the Blue Ridge Parkway spans over 400 miles from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, to the Smokey Mountains in North Carolina. Over 120 miles of the Parkway runs through the High Country and our area features some of the most photographed, most visited stops on this amazing scenic drive. The High Country is also an integral part of the history of the Parkway because construction both began here, at Cumberland Gap, and ended in 1987 with the completion of the Linn Cove Viaduct.
Come to Crouse Park near our Downtown area and enjoy a 1/3 mile asphalt loop as well as swings, slides, covered shelters, and a small stream.
Address: 60 Cherry Street Sparta, NC 28675
Doughton Park is a landscape of mountains, open meadows and pioneer cabins, 30 miles (48 km) of hiking trails and a place to view wildlife and get a feel for the lives of those who lived here long ago. Originally known as the Bluffs, this area came by its present name in honor of Congressman Robert L. Doughton, a long-time advocate and supporter of the Parkway. The 7,000-acre (.4 ha) Doughton Park is one of the best places along the motor road to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats, as well as spectacular shows of flame azalea and rhododendron in the late spring.
Address: 241, Laurel Springs, NC 28644
Duncan Recreation Center (Public Pool)
If you are looking to beat the heat this summer, come to Duncan Recreation Center. It consists of a large pool 75’ by 45’ ranging from 8 feet to 3 feet deep and a smaller wading pool that is only 1’ deep. Duncan Recreation Center is Alleghany County’s only public outdoor swimming pool. Duncan Recreation Center was built in 1969 and renovated in 2007. The swimming pool facilities include: Concession area Foosball game table Showers and lockers Duncan Recreation Center does not have a diving board but does allow approved pool toys. Pool parties are available Children must be accompanied by an adult Swimming lessons are offered; contact the pool for more information
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday: 12pm - 5pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 12pm - 7pm
Saturday: 12pm - 3pm
Prices: 12 and under: $1 over 12: $2
get outside mountain relay
In the mountains of North Carolina a call is going out. It is a call for runners. A call for Gomers. A call to GET OUTSIDE and…Relay.
The Get Outside Mountain Relay (GOMR) is 208 mile Hub relay that is more than a running event, it is THE event for running.
The Get Outside Mountain Relay is something different. Once you sign up and pay, all you have to do is bring your running gear, costumes, gels, water, tents, sleeping bags, GOMR Village decorations, some spending money, and we’ll take care of the rest. Get Outside Mountain Relay (GOMR) is a 104 mile loop around Alleghany County, NC, starting in Glade Valley, which will be run twice to complete the 208 miles.
What sets GOMR apart from other relays is we are taking care of the race transportation. Get here, and we’ll get you where you need to be. That’s right, we’ll shuttle you to your legs and back to GOMR Nation. That means when you are not running, you will be in our pop-up nation that exists for the weekend. Instead of being split up in two separate vans, you and your team have the opportunity to stake you claim, build your own community, and interact with a whole nation of Gomers. Get ready for the best relay event ever!
New River State Park
The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation exists to inspire all its citizens and visitors through conservation, recreation and education.
Conservation: To conserve and protect representative examples of North Carolina’s natural beauty, ecological features, recreational and cultural resources within the state parks system;
Recreation: To provide and promote safe, healthy and enjoyable outdoor recreational opportunities throughout the state; and
Education: To provide educational opportunities that promote stewardship of the state’s natural and cultural heritage.
Sam Brown Park
Sam Brown Park is located above Alleghany High School at the end of Trojan Avenue past the entrance to Davis Field. Sam Brown Park is the home place for the Sparta Lion’s Club. The park offers many different recreational opportunities including pavilion shelter, charcoal grills, playground equipment, outdoor basketball, hiking, and mountain biking. No horses or motorized vehicles are allowed outside of the parking area. The pavilion and basement can be rented for public or private events from the Board of Education @ (336)372-4345 for a fee. The basement has a full kitchen with seating for approximately 100 people. Playground equipment is in good condition including two jungle gyms, swings, merry-go-round, see-saws, and a full court basketball court. You can park in either the parking area adjacent to the building or in the parking area at Davis Field if gate to park is closed. The trail system starts behind the pavilion area and continues up to the top of Sam Brown Mountain. The trail also connects the park to the Blueridge Development Center and Alleghany High School. This trail system is completed.
Address: 598 Trojan Ave. Sparta, NC 28675
Stone Mountain State Park
The massive granite dome at Stone Mountain State Park keeps watch on park visitors enjoying nearly every type of outdoor activity – camping, hiking, climbing, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding and more. There are more than 18 miles of trails, matched by more than 20 miles of designated trout waters in this park that spreads below the Blue Ridge Parkway. A campground offers 90 sites, some with utility hookups, and group and backpacking campsites are nearby. Rock climbing is allowed by permit on the towering, 600-foot granite face of the landmark mountain, and climbers look down on Hutchinson Homestead, a restored mid-19th century mountain farm. Expansive picnic grounds with shelters invite reunions and community gatherings.
Alleghany County has five courts located at the public facility. This facility is a first come-first serve basis when not in use by County or School programs. Lights are available. Please contact Alleghany Recreation @ 336-372-2942 for more information.
Located on Trojan Ave. between Duncan Recreation Center and Lions Club Pavilion.
Telephone: (336) 372-2942
Veteran Memorial Park
Veterans Memorial Park is located between Veterans Memorial Highway (Sparta Bypass) and Duncan Street. Access to the park is from Duncan Street Veterans Memorial Park consists mainly of an open space multi-use area across Bledsoe Creek. Other features at the park are: 75 space parking area, picnic shelter with attached bathrooms and concession area, concrete bridge, elevated walking path ¼ mile in length, fishing access, and a level open space area approximately 3 acres. This park is open to the public when not in use by programmed activities through the Recreation Department. To reserve the park facilities please contact the Alleghany County Recreation Director, Jim Brown (336)372-2942.